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Hello Sue, You can watch an excellent and revealing documentary on cholesterol on line but only from Canada. It is Dr. David Suzuki's The Nature of Things on Cholesterol. My husband who has had high cholesterol since his twenties and I watched it 3 times. Bottom line: scientists who have studied cholesterol in depth and are not affiliated or influenced by Big Pharma, state that the only people who need to be on statins for cholesterol are men in their forties who have had a heart attack. You certainly don't fall into that category. If you can watch it, here is the documentary: https://gem.cbc.ca/media/the-nature-of-things/season-54/episode-4/38e815a-00918890266
My 68 year old husband who walks an average of 8 – 10 kilometres per day and 15 – 20 km on weekends, eats plenty of vegetables and has excellent good cholesterol and triglycerides but very high bad cholesterol, refuses to go on statins. In the documentary it stated that statin use is particularly dangerous for seniors and does more harm than good. My husband's siblings are all on statins. Although they are normal weight, they are all now diabetic due to statin use. One sister wasted away losing all muscle mass. And who knows what damage was done to their livers. According to the statin makers themselves, statins cause memory loss.
So why do doctors continue to prescribe statins? According to many doctors who dare to be so outspoken, if they don't prescribe them to their patients and let's say one has a heart attack or blocked artery (which can happen to us all), that patient could sue the doctor, blaming the heart attack on the doctor's failure to prescribe statins. Not only are doctors afraid of litigation from patients but they are also afraid of Big Pharma that could ruin their careers. Doctors' hands are tied.
The new standard to measure heart health is no longer cholesterol but triglycerides which measure inflammation in the body.
You say that statins have been widely studied…by scientists paid by Big Pharma. There are plenty of independent studies that show how ineffective statins are and even harmful, especially in the elderly.

There are many articles showing research published by the world's leading site on medical research results called NCBI. But check WHO is doing the research. And then you have to google names of researchers to see if there is an association with the drug companies. In any case, it will show you the side effects of statins. Here is just one: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2849981/
Good luck!

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Thanks for the info. I am not on a statin. I am taking Repatha, an injectable, which is a biologic. My diet is good. My high cholesterol is hereditary. Diet helps but not enough. I resisted all medications for several issues until the age of 63. I then decided to give the various specialists the benefit of the doubt and heed their advice. Exercise and a good diet are very important but for some of us it's just not enough.

Hi @afrobin,

There is no denying that a number of statin trials are funded by pharmaceutical companies, and it does raise the question if we are seeing the whole picture.
I am not a medical professional and cannot offer any medical advice. However, I am concerned that all the debate and dialogue about statin use, puts potential patients at risk of developing “tunnel vision.” And, I feel, tunnel vision limits our perception––patients hesitate to take statins, focusing on the discomfort or side effects of statins, rather than looking at the real risk that high cholesterol can have on cardiovascular health.
As with medications, not everyone's cholesterol will respond equally to other interventions. I’d sincerely encourage you to read this Mayo Clinic article, "Statins: Are these cholesterol-lowering drugs right for you?" https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-cholesterol/in-depth/statins/art-20045772

Since conversations on Connect focus on sharing medical experiences to help inform and support members in their pursuit of understanding their medical situation, and making informed health decisions, it’s always a good idea to offer supportive data. For instance, if you could offer published articles or research with regard to, "So why do doctors continue to prescribe statins?”

@afrobin, I think most of us would do without meds if given the option, but sometimes they are necessary. The treatment for high cholesterol is not one size fits all, and I wish we could get a more conclusive answer! In the meantime, I look forward to hearing from you and other members who are part of this very insightful discussion.